The Repertory East Playhouse will continue its Main Stage Series with John Steinbeck’s classic Of Mice And Men.Funded through a Community Services Grant by the City of Santa Clarita, "Of Mice And Men" is the first production in an ongoing program that will bring literary classics to the boards at the Repertory East Playhouse.
“This is a very exciting time for the REP,” says President of the Board of Directors Bill Quinn. “The funding from the Community Services Grant has only solidified the dedication that the City of Santa Clarita has for the arts and for the future of the theatre district in Old Town Newhall.”
"Of Mice And Men" opens on Friday, September 19, with an Opening Night Gala at 7:00 pm and curtain at 8:00 pm. Opening Night Gala is sponsored by Travel Center Santa Clarita with wine and food sponsored by Loose Goose Wine Festival and RSVP Catering.
Of Mice And Men will run through October 18. Show times are Friday and Saturdays at 8:00 pm and Sundays at 2:00 pm. Tickets are $17/$15. Advanced reservations are highly recommended. For tickets, purchase online at www.repeastplayhouse.org
or call 661-288-0000. The REP is located at 24266 Main Street Newhall, CA. 91321.
The REP will host two post-show discussions on Sunday September 21 and September 28. Audience members are invited to join the cast and crew for an intimate discussion about the process of creating live theatre.
Artistic Director Ovington Michael Owston has assembled a cast consisting of Santa Clarita favorites Ed Hill, Michael Levine, Jarod Scott, Michael Collins, Marlowe Weisman, and Tippy Washington. Leading the cast in the iconic roles of George and Lenny are REP newcomers Tyler Brooks and Michael Bruce. Rounding out the cast are Kerry Bishop and Daniel Sykes, also new to the REP.
The story: Two drifters, George and his friend Lennie, with delusions of living off the "fat of the land," have just arrived at a ranch to work for enough money to buy their own place. Lennie is a man-child, a little boy in the body of a dangerously powerful man. It's Lennie's obsessions with things soft and cuddly, that have made George cautious about who the gentle giant, with his brute strength, associates with. His promise to allow Lennie to "tend to the rabbits" on their future land keeps Lennie calm, amidst distractions, as the overgrown child needs constant reassurance. But when a ranch boss' promiscuous wife is found dead in the barn with a broken neck, it's obvious that Lennie, albeit accidentally, killed her. George, now worried about his own safety, knows exactly where Lennie has gone to hide, and he meets him there. Realizing they can't run away anymore, George is faced with a moral question: how should he deal with Lennie before the ranchers find him and take matters into his own hands.